WASHINGTON, May 01 /CSRwire/ - Similac, Enfamil, and Gerber Good Start – who combined account for more than 90% of all infant formula sales in the US – are exposing American and Canadian babies to potentially grave health risks by using genetically modified ingredients, commonly referred to as GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Ingredients these companies are required to label or remove in other countries including China, Mexico, Russia, and the entire European Union.
GMO Inside , a national, non-GMO coalition led by Green America, is calling on these brands’ parent companies (Abbott Laboratories, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and Nestlé), via an online petition , to remove GMO ingredients immediately as infants face particular health risks when it comes to consuming GMOs.
GMOs have never been proven safe for human consumption and a growing number of peer‐reviewed studies show the negative health impacts of consuming GMOs on laboratory animals over their life span. Inadequate research has been conducted on the health impacts on GMOs humans and infants; however, an increasing number of concerned parents and pediatricians have voiced that using GMOs in infant formula is far too large of a risk to take. Babies are particularly vulnerable when it comes to consuming GMOs as their digestive and immune systems are not fully developed and GMO crops have very high exposure to dangerous pesticides and herbicides such as Roundup. Infant livers do not reach maturity for about two years and therefor are less equipped to process toxins in the body, such as the high levels of chemicals used on genetically modified foods....